ONE large glass of wine can put drivers over the limit, police have warned.
The summer anti-drink drive campaign is under way in West Yorkshire and police fear that people going to summer parties – or even barbecues, despite the appalling weather – are in danger of drinking more than they realise.
Wine glasses come in all shapes and sizes and if people are drinking home brew or spirits it’s impossible to know the alcoholic content or amount they are drinking.
Last year nearly 6,000 motorists were arrested for driving over the alcohol limit. Almost 1,700 of them were aged between 17 and 24.
Drink-drivers are twice as likely to be involved in an accident and there are countless cases where they have killed or maimed other people on the roads.
West Yorkshire Assistant Chief Constable Jawaid Akhtar said: “We crack down on drink-driving all year round, but the summer campaign will help us raise awareness even further of the dangers of driving over the limit.
“During the campaign our road patrols will concentrate on motorists they suspect to be drink-driving.
“If an officer thinks that alcohol has been consumed he or she will request a breath test. Any driver in a collision will automatically be breathalysed.
“We are determined to reduce the number of collisions where alcohol is a factor.
“We would ask people to support us by leaving their cars at home if they are planning on going to an event where alcohol is on the menu.’’
Huddersfield-based national road safety charity Brake will also be providing police with leaflets aimed at young drivers which officers will hand out during the campaign.
Brake’s head of education, Jools Townsend, said: “Drinking and driving causes carnage on our roads and devastates families and communities.
“But many of the new generation of drivers are not getting the message.
"Brake wants to send a strong and clear-cut message to drivers that they must not drink anything before driving.
“Any amount of alcohol affects your concentration.’’
lAnyone wanting to report a regular drink-driver should phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with the person’s vehicle number, along with the places and times they go drinking, so police can be waiting for them.